OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

Law360, New York (July 28, 2016, 9:44 AM EDT) -- Government officials have a lot of unchecked power. The Freddie Gray case and a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision demonstrate how the government replaces juries, removing the jury as an important decision maker in the community and as a check on governmental power — roles that are especially important in these times.

In the Freddie Gray case, after allegedly committing criminal acts, three police officers each opted to have a judge try his case instead of a jury. The judge found each not guilty. The judge's decisions resulted in the prosecution dropping the charges against the three remaining police officers. A...

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